PCP 506: WEED SCIENCE AND CONTROL. Definition of a Weed. The definition of weeds is predicated on human perception , desire and needs. A weed is a plant which interferes with human activity or welfare.
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Weeds evolved (i) when the stable environment is disturbed through human activities.
(ii) from ecotypes that have evolved from wild colonizers in response to continuous habitat disturbances and selection pressures.
(iii) as a result of the products of hybridization between wild domestic races of crop plants.
Practices that Increases Biodiversity:
and Strip cropping
Decrease in Biodiversity can be caused by:
and Herbicides use
Biodiversity leads to more stability for the ecosystem as a whole.
Physical Interaction (Allelospoly: competition for growth resources including water, light, nutrient, air, space.
Chemical interaction (Allelopathy)
- direct contamination of cultivated rice and maize grain by wild rice
(Oryzalongistaminata) and itch grass (Rottboelliacochinchinensis) respectively.;
- contamination of forage, silage or pasture crop .by C. rotundus seeds ,
- reduction in Sugarcane juice quality by the presence of sida.
- Contamination of cotton lint by dried weed fragments
- Damage of underground tuber of yam and cassava through piercing of Spear grass rhizomes
Storage organs may act as 'perennating organs‘ These are used by plants to survive adverse periods in the plant's life-cycle (e.g. caused by cold, excessive heat, lack of light or drought). During these periods, parts of the plant die and then when conditions become favourable again, re-growth occurs from buds in the perennating organs. For example geophytes growing in woodland under deciduous trees (e.g. bluebells, trilliums) die back to underground storage organs during summer when tree leaf cover restricts light and water is less available.
Weed persistence can be affected by:
Critical Period of Weed competition/interference: biodiversity
This is the minimum period of time during which the crop must be free of weeds in order to prevent loss in yield .
it represents the overlap of two separate components (a) the length of time weeds can remain in a crop before interference begins
(b) the length of time that weed emergence must be prevented so that subsequent weed growth does not reduce crop yield.
Allelopathy: biodiversityAllelopathy is the production of chemical(s) or exudates by living and decaying plant species which interfere with the germination, growth or development of another plant species or microorganism sharing the same habitat.
Examples of allelopathic plants:
1. Black walnut (Juglans nigra)
2. Gmelina arborea
6. Imperata cylindrica is allelopathic on tomato, cucumber, maize rice, glnut, olera, cowpea, pepper.
7. Cyperus esculentus– is allelopathic a rice, maize
8. C. rotundus – is allelopathic on barley
Plant canopy: biodiversityMajor effect of plant canopy is to shade the understorey plants and limit their ability to synthesize carbohydrates.
A competitive crop should be able to establish complete ground cover.
Some low grow crops which can provide early ground cover and shade out weeds when intercropped with other crops are egusi melon (Colocynthis citrillus) and sweat potato
There are various factors that made chemical weed control popular than manual and mechanical weeding.
Herbicides are classified based on the following:
ii. Organic arsenicals or methane arsonate herbicides eg. Cacodylic acid, MSMA, DSMA.
iii Aliphatic acids e.g TCA, Dalapon
iv. Nitrophenols or substituted Phenol herbicides e.g dinoseb, DNOC and PCP
v.Phenoxycarboxylic acid derivative
(a) Phenoxyaceticacid herbicide; 2,4-D, MCPA.
(b) Phenoxypropionic acid herbicide; dichlorprop, mecopropane, fenoprop.
(c) Phenoxybutyric acid herbicide; 2,4-DB, MCPB.
(d) Phenoxy-Phenoxypropionic acid; dichlofop-methyl
vi. Amide derivatives Cacodylic acid, MSMA, DSMA.
Chloroacetamide herbicides; acetochlor, alachlor,CDA A (callidochlor), butachlor, diphenamid metolachlor, propachlor.
Carboxyanilide herbicides; propanil
vii. Benzonitriles; Bromoxynil, dichlobenil and ioxynil.
viii. Carbamic acid derivates (carbamates)
Carbanilic acid derivatives; asalam, chlorpropham.
Thiocarbamate herbicides; butylate, EPTC, molinate, thiobencarb.
Dithiocarbamate herbicides; CDEC, metham.
ix. Dinitroaniline herbicide; Benefin, (benfluralin), dinitramine, pendimethalin, trifluralin, isopropalin.
x. Diphenyl ethers: acifluorfen, bifenox, lactofen, oxyfluofen.
xi. Substituted benzoic acids e.g chloramben, dicamba, DCPA
xii. Symmetrical triazines:
Chlorodiamino-s-triazine: atrazine, cyanazine, propazine, simazine
Methoxydiamino-s-triazine: atraton ana prometon
Methythiomino-s-triazines: ametryn, prometryne and terbutryn
xiii. Triazinones: e.g. hezazinone, metribuzin
ix. Substituted ureas e.g chlorbromuron,chloroxuron, diuron, linuron, metobromuron, monuron
x. Sulfonylurea herbicides: chlorsulfuron, sulfometuron-methyl, classic, lindax
xi. Uracils herbicides: e.g bromacil and terbacil
xii. Miscellaneous herbicides: dinitramine, pendimethalin, trifluralin, isopropalin.
Bipyridilium herbicides e.g difenzoquat, diquat and paraquat
The imidazolinone herbicides
e.g. Buthidazole, Imazaquin, arsenal, Imazapyr
The picolinic acid derivatives: Picloram, Triclopyr
Sethoxydim (Akobundu, 1987)
EMULSIFYING AGENTS (EMULSIFIERS) dinitramine, pendimethalin, trifluralin, isopropalin.
STICKERS: These are spreaders which also reduce the surface tension of other liquid and decrease the possibility of aqueous solution to form discreet droplets.
DETERGENTS: They are cleansing chemicals used mainly for cleaning equipment/sprayers.
Types of herbicide formulation dinitramine, pendimethalin, trifluralin, isopropalin.